Julie A. Ask

Vice President, Principal Analyst serving eBusiness & Channel Strategy PROFESSIONALS

Julie serves eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals. Her 25 years of work experience is balanced between the engineering and management consulting work she did in the first half of her career and her work as an analyst for the past 12 years. The combination of technical and business expertise positions prepared her well to work with business leaders to identify new opportunities offered by mobile technology and to develop strategies to engage with consumers on mobile devices. She has worked with hundreds of clients across retail, travel, banking, insurance, CPG, healthcare, and more to advise and guide the development of their mobile strategies.

Julie's research and analysis have been widely cited in publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, BusinessWeek, RCR Wireless, and The Onion, as well as on CBS, NBC, and PBS.

Previous Work Experience

Prior to becoming an analyst, Julie worked at a contextual services mobile startup in San Francisco and prior to that at Booz Allen & Hamilton.

Education

Julie holds a B.S.E.E. and a Master of Science in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She also holds an MBA from the University of Michigan.

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  • Past 18 months
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Disruption Is Brewing In Digital Investment, Security, And Identity

    The 2016 FinTech Finals Showcased The Next Frontier Of Disruption

    Financial technology (fintech) is booming: In 2015, a record $4.5 billion poured into fintech startups in Asia Pacific (AP). These disruptors have caught the attention of savvy eBusiness executives...

    • Downloads: 153
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:The Future Of Mobile: From App Silos To Open Ecosystems

    Mobile Becomes The Experience Choreographer

    There isn't a single "thing" that will replace or disrupt mobile — not wearables, the Internet of Things, nor M2M. The future of mobile is more granular parts (or micro moments) that are...

    • Downloads: 402
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Who Does Mobile Commerce Well In The World's Largest eCommerce Market?

    Lessons From The Top Six eCommerce Retailers In China

    Mobile shopping has gained considerable momentum in China, but many retailers are still not ready to deliver good shopping experiences. Many retailers intend to upgrade their mobile commerce sites...

    • Downloads: 188
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Understand The Metrics That Drive Global eCommerce Success

    Benchmarks: The eCommerce Globalization Playbook

    Online businesses recognize that not only is the global eCommerce opportunity massive, but a global presence is necessary to be competitive in today's retail landscape. One of the major hurdles...

    • Downloads: 521
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Market Overview: Commerce Solutions For Digital Products And Services, 2015

    Supporting Digital Business Models Requires Flexible Platforms

    In the past, online transactions for digital product purchases differed little from physical product purchases, with the exception of the delivery method. However, today's digitally connected...

    • Downloads: 454
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Brief: How Machine Translation Can Help Fulfill eCommerce Translation Needs

    Technology Advancements Mean Machine Translation Has Earned A Second Chance

    eBusiness leaders are looking to global markets to find new revenue opportunities. However, global businesses face a variety of challenges in building and operating successful international websites....

    • Downloads: 87
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Quick Take: Schwab's Intelligent Portfolios Will Squeeze Other Investment Managers

    Top Custodian Unveils Aggressively Priced Robo-Advice Platform For Independent Advisors

    Two weeks after launching its direct-to-consumer digital investment manager, Charles Schwab has unveiled a version for independent Registered Investment Advisors (RIAs) and their clients. Like its...

    • Downloads: 234
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Accelerate Digital Business With A BT Agenda

    Tools And Technology: The Digital Business Transformation Playbook

    Digital business demands a new approach to technology management. Think about how your firm has delivered technology in the past: monolithic, on-premises applications chosen because your firm signed...

    • Downloads: 411
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:The Digital Maturity Model 4.0

    Benchmarks: Digital Business Transformation Playbook

    You know your firm needs to transform to place digital at the heart of its business strategy. But as a digital business leader, where do you start? Where do you focus your efforts? And as your firm...

    • Downloads: 530
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Your Customers Will Not Download Your App

    Develop A Strategy To Borrow Mobile Moments And Engage Your Customers Effectively — Where They Already Are

    Few eBusiness professionals will see the majority of their customers download their app, nor will they own enough mobile moments to win, serve, and retain their customers effectively. Most apps...

    • Downloads: 580
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Brief: Five Killer Competencies Every Digital Team Needs To Build

    Develop New Ways Of Working To Enhance Digital Business Maturity

    A combination of factors is challenging the make-up of your digital team. Digital is no longer tactical; it's a core part of business strategy. And as such, it's a boardroom topic. Digital skills now...

    • Downloads: 301
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Brief: Three Process Hacks To Speed Digital Delivery

    Implement Tactical Changes To Accelerate Customer-Centric Innovation In Your Firm

    For most firms, digital transformation is a major undertaking, and one that even the savviest of eBusiness professionals can't scope, design, and deliver in one big bang. The cultural and...

    • Downloads: 162
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Must-Have eCommerce Features

    Road Map: The Retail eCommerce Playbook

    eBusiness professionals often struggle with how to prioritize the countless issues that populate eCommerce to-do lists. This chapter of the retail eCommerce playbook is a prescriptive look at the...

    • Downloads: 2397
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Globalize Your eBusiness Organization Structure

    Organization: The eCommerce Globalization Playbook

    The Internet has flattened the world, meaning many digital teams now have an international, if not global, mandate. With many markets suffering from poor domestic growth rates, eBusiness executives...

    • Downloads: 415
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Take Your eCommerce Business Global

    Executive Overview: The eCommerce Globalization Playbook

    eCommerce revenues continue to climb around the globe: The US, Western Europe, and China alone will generate over $1.4 trillion in online sales this year. In fact, 2015 marked the year China...

    • Downloads: 526
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Design Better Cross-Channel Banking Journeys

    Digital Executives Should Take The Lead By Focusing On The Most Important Touchpoint Pairs

    Bank prospects and customers frequently move from one touchpoint to another to shop for products, receive customer service, make transactions, and get financial advice. Yet many of these...

    • Downloads: 206
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Ten Must-Have Features For Secure Client Sites Of Investment Firms

    Best Practices From The Authenticated Websites Of Leading US Wealth And Asset Management Firms

    Getting the secure client site right is crucial to the success of investment firms today: Web access on a personal computer is overwhelmingly the touchpoint of choice for US investors who want to see...

    • Downloads: 712
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Choose The Right Mobile Insurance Solution

    Tools And Technology: The Mobile Insurance Strategy Playbook

    Poor technology decisions will undermine the best mobile insurance strategies. Making the wrong choice could mean trading away a mobile platform that remains viable for the long haul for one that...

    • Downloads: 357
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Best Practices In Mortgage Sales

    Weave Human And Digital Touchpoints Together To Improve The Experience And Drive Conversion

    The first in our financial product sales series, this report looks at how eBusiness executives can drive mortgage sales and improve the customer experience for both homebuyers and refinancers....

    • Downloads: 364
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Trends 2015: Australian And New Zealand Digital Banking

    Digital Technologies Will Be Crucial To Driving Growth And Innovation

    The strong focus on growing revenue, combined with digital disruption, tougher competition, a shake-up in payments, and increasing consumer expectations, means that digital banking teams in Australia...

    • Downloads: 349
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Trends 2016: Staffing And Hiring For Digital Business

    Org Models Shift As Digital Business Comes Of Age In 2016

    Our annual organizational and staffing survey of digital professionals heralds change in 2016. The meteoric growth in digital team sizes has plateaued, and as line-of-business teams take on...

    • Downloads: 221
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Rank Yourself With The Digital Maturity Model

    Assessment: The Retail eCommerce Playbook

    As eBusiness and channel strategy professionals at retail companies evaluate their eCommerce opportunities, establishing a level set of current strengths and weaknesses is essential. This year,...

    • Downloads: 1804
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:2015 UK Mobile Banking Functionality Benchmark

    Lloyds Bank Tops Our Review Of UK Banks' Mobile Services

    We used our Mobile Banking Functionality Benchmark methodology to evaluate the mobile banking offerings of five retail banks in the UK using 41 criteria. While all of the UK banks deliver the basics...

    • Downloads: 278
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:2014 Canadian Online Banking Functionality Benchmark

    CIBC Leads With A Redesigned Home Page And New Features, But All Of The Big Five Banks Offer Extensive Secure Site Functionality

    Despite the growth of mobile and tablet banking over the past few years, online banking continues to be widely used in Canada, with over three-quarters of Canadian online adults using online banking...

    • Downloads: 259
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Capture The Global eCommerce Opportunity

    Landscape: The eCommerce Globalization Playbook

    Gone are the days when most brands offered just one or two international sites: Today, a global eCommerce footprint is the end goal. To reach that goal, companies are taking a strategic look at the...

    • Downloads: 2370